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Brilliant Inspiration For Dental Devices

Source: SCHOTT North America, Inc. - Lighting and Imaging
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Brilliant Inspiration For Dental Devices

At the IDS, SCHOTT will present lighting products for dental devices that open up new design possibilities: innovative PURAVIS® glass fiber rods and autoclavable Solidur® LEDs.

Mainz / Landshut, March 16, 2017 – Light quality in dental applications has a strong correlation with the effectiveness of treatment. SCHOTT aims to inspire device manufacturers with two unique solutions:  PURAVIS® glass fibers featuring eco-friendly characteristics while delivering top-tier performance, and autoclavable Solidur® LEDs, which can be integrated directly at the tip of devices and withstand over 3500 steam sterilization cycles, enabling illumination for instruments that had previously been without a light source. SCHOTT will present these alongside its tried-and-true special glass powder for dental composites at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne from March 21-25, 2017 (Hall 11.3 Aisle B 081).

For clear diagnoses and successful oral treatments, bright and colorfast light must be able to reach even difficult-to-access areas. In addition, light sources integrated into dental devices must be fully compatible with their slim, compact designs. SCHOTT meets these requirements for optimal lighting in modern dental devices with a range of feature products that can be adapted to diverse designs for a wide array of dental applications.

PURAVIS® glass fiber rods: ideal for hand pieces and turbines as well as curing devices
Rigid, autoclavable fiber rods based on environmentally friendly PURAVIS® light guides are particularly well-suited for use in dental instruments such as handpieces and turbines as well as in curing devices and come in customized designs such as 2D and 3D geometries. This fiber optic lighting solution features extremely tight tolerances and perfectly fits into the limited space of the instrument.

Due to the proprietary PURAVIS® glass, the fiber rods offer superior light output and transmission to enable shorter curing time and to miniaturize the diameter of the light guide and thus the instrument.
Improved material properties, such as the extended transmission in the blue wavelength range, enables fluorescence enhanced dentistry like cavity and cancer detection.

Increasing regulatory requirements regarding hygiene and sterilization confront the dental industry with challenges. With autoclavable and chemically resistant lighting and imaging solutions made of special glass, SCHOTT helps its customers to design robust and long-lasting solutions in compliance with these requirements.

Autoclavable Solidur® LEDs: more design freedom
In the Solidur® product line, SCHOTT combines extremely robust high-brightness LEDs with a hermetically-sealed package, fully encapsulating the lighting components in a gas-tight housing that can withstand the harsh conditions of autoclaving cycles. This unique innovation opens many new design possibilities for developers of dental and surgical instruments. For example, Solidur® LEDs can be installed at the tip of dental turbines, angle pieces, curing devices, intraoral cameras, and scalers. Integration into these devices helps bring the light source directly to the treatment site. In addition, instruments that previously did not have lighting capabilities, such as hand mirrors, tooth cleaning systems, and saliva aspirators, can now be equipped with a compact and powerful light source.
There are several product variations within the Solidur® line, all of which are customizable according to customer requirements. These include the tiny, nearly two-millimeter-small Solidur® Mini LED and the Solidur® Ring LED, which provides shadow-free lighting thanks to complete area coverage from the circular arrangement of the LEDs. Finally, the Solidur® TO (transistor outline) LED provides reliable, customizable solutions for curing devices, UV applications and more with a variety of available housing geometries.

All Solidur® LEDs have a gas-tight housing and are able to withstand more than 3,500 steam sterilization cycles. The LEDs source their incredible durability from the use of purely inorganic, non-aging materials such as ceramics, metal and glass and can withstand chemicals, corrosion and pressure even at fluctuating temperatures.

Dental glass: highest quality and purity for top-tier dental materials
Last but not least, SCHOTT will also present its tried-and-true dental glass at IDS. This special glass powder is used as an inorganic filler in dental composites and offers the highest quality and purity for long-lasting aesthetic fillings. Based on more than 75 years of knowledge in the development and production of glass powders, SCHOTT offers customer-specific dental glass in addition to its broad portfolio of standard materials.

From simple modifications to completely new and unique dental glass, SCHOTT supports dental material manufacturers with new developments as an innovative and reliable glass materials partner.

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharma, electronics, optics, life sciences, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 34 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,000 employees, sales of EUR 1.99 billion were generated in fiscal year 2015/2016. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment. http://www.schott.com

Autoclavable glass fiber rods for use in curing devices, cavity detection or diode laser system.

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SCHOTT North America, Inc. - Lighting and Imaging